The concluding part of the current trilogy goes into production this summer, and a new tabloid report claims that one particular iconic character will make another cameo – despite being killed off.
After making a surprise reappearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it seems Yoda will be making another arrival as a Force Ghost.
A source told the New York Daily News: “The success of the scenes featuring Yoda in The Last Jedi were huge.
“Yoda will again appear as a ghost as he acknowledges Rey’s success and growth as a Jedi.”
They added: “The scenes are due to be put together later this year.”
It’s an interesting piece of speculation because many have naturally assumed that, if any character returns in ghost form to speak to Rey, it will be Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker.
He was seen passing away at the end of Episode 8, much to some fans’ dismay – but had been touted to pop up in some capacity in Episode 9.
But Hamill, speaking in a recent interview, said that the death of Carrie Fisher and departure of Harrison Ford have made him less enthusiastic about reprising his most famous role.
“It [Fisher’s death] really has tarnished my ability to enjoy it to its fullest,” he told ABC News.
“You were asking earlier, ‘are you gonna be back’… I don’t care anymore on that level. Because Han Solo is gone, Luke is gone.
“You just can’t get the band back together the way you wanted it to be, and it shouldn’t be that way. It is what it is.”
JJ Abrams will direct the next movie, after previously finding success with 2015’s seventh episode, The Force Awakens.
Daisy Ridley will return as Rey, alongside John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson among others.
Star Wars 9 is due for release in December 2019.